Minecraft For Parents – #1

VIEWER: Chas, haven’t you already done a guide for parents?

CHAS: Yes, I have, but I have not posted an update for a while.

VIEWER: Then why just carry on with where you were?

CHAS: I would, but the old posts were quite hard to find.

VIEWER: What do you mean?

CHAS: I haven’t posted a Minecraft for Parents update for a while so I decided I would reboot the guide.

VIEWER: You could just link back to the old posts.

CHAS: I would, but I may make a category for it this time.

VIEWER: Maybe you could reboot the guide and make it more easy to understand.

CHAS: Exactly!

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So today I will be telling parents what Minecraft is in this guide, remember to follow this blog so you are updated via email when updates to this guide come out!

Minecraft is a game where you can build, fight monsters, mine gems and much more. Many parents may know that their kids like the game, but what is it?

You can find more information at minecraft.net – the official website. Minecraft PE, Minecraft Xbox One, Minecraft Nintendo Switch, Minecraft Fire TV and Minecraft Windows 10 are all being merged into one game title: Minecraft and the PC version is being renamed from Minecraft to Minecraft Java Edition.

This guide was purely to announce the reboot and what Minecraft is. The next guide will be about prices and how to get it.

 

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Minecraft for Parents – #7

Hello everyone. Now that you have mined wood, let’s do some crafting! Today you shall learn how to craft sticks and make a sword out of wood.

Open up your version of Minecraft (I will be using PC version for this guide) and load your world.

Sorry guys! I continued without you! But that doesn’t stop me from showing you how to make a wooden sword.

Nightime with peaceful difficulty, just so I can show you how to craft a wooden sword in peace! Found a temple.

Mine about six pieces of wood and they should drop into your inventory. Open your inventory by pressing E on PC and Win10, the three dots in PE and don’t open inventory with triangle on PlayStation and on Xbox, open the crafting menu instead by pressing Square on Playstation and X on Xbox.

Then on PC and Win10, drag the wood into the crafting table (any square will do) and then click to take the results. On PE, Xbox and Playstation, get wooden planks from the menu as the crafting is easier on these versions than on PC/Win10.

Then, arrange the planks so one is in each of the four slots to get a crafting table. Exit the inventory with ESC and right click to place the table. You should see nine slots.

In this guide to tell the crafting recipes for PC, we will use slot numbers to determine what slots you should put the items in.

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To craft sticks, place two wooden planks into slots 8 and 5. Then take the sticks.

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To craft a sword, follow the above recipe using the crafting slot numbers.

Hope you learned something!

Epic Chas Gamer, owner of EpicChasGamer.com 😎

 

Minecraft for Parents – #6

Last time I posted a Minecraft for Parents guide I taught you about the bonus chest (PC Only). This guide is about mining wood which works in all versions of the game. Wood is a very important part of Minecraft as without it, you can’t progress much further.

First, open up your copy of Minecraft. I will be using Win10 Edition for this.

What are behaviour packs? Well, they are a bit advanced, but they are part of Minecraft PE/Win10 that you can enable and tweak gameplay a little bit. Resource packs change the look of the game.

Click play.

If you have already made a world and used a bonus chest in PC then you don’t need to make a new world yet.

Walk over to a tree and left click and keep the click down until the wood disappears and appears as a small version of itself. Then you can collect it.

Continue doing this to pieces of wood. On PE, push your finger at a block and keep it pressed until you destroy it.

 

 

Minecraft for Parents – #5

Sorry for not posting any guides for a few days.

Today I will explain Survival mode, a mode where your possibilities are limited by the fact that you have to collect items before using them.

To use Survival Mode, follow this guide to create a new world if you can’t remember how but change the gamemode to Survival instead of Creative. As a beginner, you shouldn’t try Hardcore as this gamemode doesn’t allow you to respawn after being killed once.

In More World Options, make sure cheats are disabled and enable Bonus Chest as this is a great feature for beginners. Then ignore the seed box and click Create New.

Version Difference:

The other versions of Minecraft don’t allow Bonus Chest which is a shame. Just ensure cheats are off and change Gamemode to Survival and click Create!

Look around for the bonus chest. Open it and you should get some starter items:

I got a stone pickaxe but as these chests are randomly generated you probably have different things.

Click on the item to move it. Hover over your inventory and click a free slot in your hotbar.

Then press ESC to exit the chest. Remember to do the same with all the other things (drag them to your inventory or hotbar).

Or, to suck all items into your inventory, close the chest with all the items in, and then mine the chest or the torches.

Some Minecraft Experts may say that you should not mine the chest and torches because if you need to find your starting point for some reason then the chests will show you it. However, torches are helpful for lighting up dark areas and when your inventory becomes full as you get better you may want to store your items in a chest.

Move around just like normal Minecraft and the next guide will come soon!

 

Minecraft for Parents – #4

The previous guide showed how to play creative mode and use the preloaded hotbar blocks (PE only). However, this guide focuses on using the inventory.

What is it?

The inventory has many different blocks in. In survival, you have to collect items to add to your inventory but in creative the items are preloaded.

How to access:

Access the inventory on PC and Win10 by pressing E. Exit by pressing ESC or E again. Tap the three little dots in the hotbar to open it in PE and press the dots again to exit or use the cross button. To open on Xbox, press Y. For Playstation, press triangle.

How to use:

In PC and Win10 versions you can click on the search button to search for items (creative only). In PE, this is sadly not possible 😥😥.

You can click on the tabs with block icons on to see different types such as combat and decoration. Scroll down and find different items. Click, tap or select these items to equip. On PC and Win10, click on them and move them over to your hotbar and then click to equip then on the slot of your choice. Exit the inventory and try building.

Minecraft for Parents – #3

Now that you have created a world, then it is time to get started. Move around with WSAD keys and jump with space. For PE, the controls are easy enough to learn by yourself. On the Win10 version, use the same controls as on PC.

Double tap on space to fly, press hard on space to fly higher, and double press space to fall. Use SHIFT to lower yourself. Try flying to explore your world.

Use the Small Circle control to jump in PE. Tap it twice to fly. Tap it twice again to fall.

You will see a bar at the bottom of the screen with blocks in. This is the hotbar. Use number keys 1-9 to navigate your hotbar. In the PE version, there are items preloaded in the bar. In PC, it is empty. In Win10 the items are preloaded just like PE.

As these guides are designed to be pretty simple, I won’t chat about the inventory in this post. In the next post I will go into discussing this.

Minecraft for Parents – #2

Welcome to the Minecraft Guide for parents! This is 100% unofficial but is still a great starters’ guide.

This post will be explaining about how to open Minecraft.

On the PC, double click on the Minecraft shortcut on the Desktop. If there isn’t one, then go to C:\Program Files (x86\Minecraft and right click on MinecraftLauncher.exe and click Send to, and then Desktop.

Then go to the desktop and a Minecraft shortcut should be there.

On Linux, you first need to get Java. It is free to download but remember that the latest Java 8 Update 131 (at the time of writing) should work well with Minecraft.

Then run the Minecraft.jar file you downloaded from Minecraft.net.

On the Mac, run Minecraft.dmg and then launch Minecraft from your Applications menu.

You should be greeted with a game launcher. This is normal, don’t worry, click on Play and Minecraft should download.

Once the game opens, click Single Player, then Create New world, and then take a look:

First, if you are a starter of Minecraft, which is very likely if reading this, you should just select Creative Mode, name your world something like “Starter World” and create new. As you get more experienced in Minecraft, you can tweak the world settings a bit.

In Windows 10 Edition, you launch the Game from the Microsoft Start Menu. You can pin it as a live tile if you want.

To create a world in this version, follow on:

Here is the world creation menu in PE and Win10 versions of Minecraft.

In the next post I will explain about building stuff in your world.